Covid-19 vaccine booster shots are now available to eligible persons.

The announcement was made recently that both Johnson & Johnson AND Pfizer booster shots are now available.

The national Health Department recently announced that persons who have received the Pfizer vaccination can report for a third booster dose, six months after their second dose.

Those who have received one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are eligible for a second dose two months after their first.

Mayco member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross says: “Persons who have already received a vaccination can report to their nearest vaccination site for their booster dose. There is no need for re-registration. Just bring along your identity document and the vaccination card you received during your first vaccination. And please encourage relatives and friends to do the same, if they are eligible at this time to receive a booster shot.”

She adds: “More importantly, this is also a renewed call to unvaccinated persons to get in line for their vaccination. If nothing else, this fourth wave has proven the efficacy of vaccines in minimising the risk of severe illness. It is important to safeguard yourself and your loved ones, and vaccination is the best protection we have.”

The public is reminded that they have to wait 30 days from having had Covid-19 before they can be vaccinated, or receive a booster shot.

Below is a list of City vaccination sites and their operating hours for the last few days of 2021.

  • Tafelsig Thusong Centre Open until 12h00 on the 31st (Cnr Kilimanjaro and Pyrenees Streets, Tafelsig)
  • Crossroads 1 Clinic Open on the 29th (Klipfontein Road, Crossroads)
  • Phumlani Clinic Open until 12h00 on the 31st (Cnr Stock & Mgqwani Road, Phillipi East)
  • Rocklands Clinic Open on the 30th (Cnr Lancaster & Park Avenue, Rocklands)
  • Adriaanse Clinic Open 28 to 30 Dec; closed the 31st (40th Avenue, Clarke Estate)
  • St.Vincent CDC Open 28 to 30 Dec; closed the 31st (St.Vincent Drive, Belhar)
  • Langa Hall (Johnson Ngweval Hall) Open 28 to 30 Dec; closed the 31st (King Langalibalele Street , Langa)
  • Wallacedene Clinic Open 29 Dec; closed the 31st (Cnr. La Boheme & Pietersen Street Wallacedene)
  • Brackenfell Community Hall Open until 12h00 on the 31st (off Paradys Street, Brackenfell)
  • Ikhwezi CDC Open until 12h00 on the 31st (Simon Street, Strand)
  • Sarepta Clinic Open until 12h00 on the 31st (Rietvlei Road, Sarepta, Kuils River)
  • Eerste River Multipurpose Centre Open until 12h00 on the 31st (Bob’s Way, Eerste River)
  • Solomon Mahlangu Hall Open until 12h00 on the 31st (Walter Sisulu Road, Khayelitsha)
  • Tafelsig Thusong Centre Open until 12h00 on the 31st (Cnr Kilimanjaro and Pyrenees Streets, Tafelsig)

After the new year’s weekend, vaccination sites will be operating as normal between 08:00 and 16:00, Monday to Friday.

The Department of Health has approved a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine for the 12-17 age group.

Registration on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) is now open for this age group to receive their second jab.

The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) had already approved a third dose of Pfizer for those 12 years of age and older who are severely immunosuppressed.

Now, a third booster dose for everyone 18 years and older has also been approved, and it is expected to be offered to people from January …

At the same time, the  Western Cape Health Department said it’s ready to roll out the booster programme as soon as EVDS enables it.

The Western Cape Health platform data indicates:

• There are steep increases in the number of daily new cases with on average 665 new diagnoses per day. The Western Cape will reach the fourth wave when this hits around 1100 cases per day, on a 7-day rolling average.
• The proportion of tests coming back positive has increased to an average of 20%.
• Admissions are showing signs of an early increase with 19 admissions per day. Deaths remain low with <2 deaths per day.
• Overall, there is a 587% week on week increase in cases in the Metro, and 326% week on week increase in Rural, albeit off lower bases.
• All sub-districts in the Cape Metro are seeing increases in cases.
• All rural districts are also seeing increases in cases except in Central Karoo.
• There is a clear private sector predominance of those being infected.
• The reproduction number reached a high of 2.5. It is higher than what was experienced early on in the second and third waves.

Over 80% of PCR specimens in the last week in the Western Cape have the proxy marker of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. This indicates that the rapid increase in cases being experienced is linked to this new variant, as is the case in other provinces in South Africa.

The Department of Health says the majority of South Africans have been inoculated with Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

Even though Government was planning to vaccinate people in rural areas with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the majority of residents in far-lying areas have been inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.

According to the Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla initial plans were to jab South Africans with the J&J vaccine as it only requires one jab which would have ensured that more people get vaccinated over a shorter period of time.

Phaahla says South Africa now has a huge stock-pile of Pfizer doses.

Follow the Department of Health’s latest Covid-19 briefing here.

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